Governor Signs Prop 36 Change
Tossing the excuse he used a while back to veto the gay marriage bill aside, the Governor just signed a bill that makes changes to Prop 36, passed by the voters a couple years ago. He vetoed the gay marriage bill saying it was contrary to the will of the voters- them having passed Prop 22 which pretty much prohibited gay marriages.
Prop 36 was the initiative that required treatment for drug offenders rather incarceration. Now, if the offender doesn't attend his treatment sessions, he can be sentenced to confinement. Though this might surprise some of you, I don't blame the Governor for signing the bill. What's the point in having a law with no way to enforce it?
As I've recently said, I don't see any reason to put a person in jail simply for using drugs, so the treatment issue wouldn't exist for those types of people in the first place if I had my way. If the offense involves both drugs and offenses against some other person, then certainly treatment might be an appropriate "penalty" for consideration.
Still, I've always wondered just how effective forced treatment is?